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The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Front and center, America! Here comes action! Here comes adventure! Here comes The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot—a roller-coaster ride through the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the tag team that set you reeling with their hard-hitting series Hard Boiled! Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all t ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 10th 1996 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1995)
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Drew Canole
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-comics, i-digital
A funny story, the real reason to show up is for the Geoff Darrow artwork. Miller gives him the plot ammunition to draw the things he loves. They story is essentially a science experiment gone wrong spawns a kaiju that starts to destroy a Japanese city. The Japanese send in their Astro-Boy style hero Rusty! But he needs help, so the Japanese reluctantly call in the American hero The Big Guy!

The Kaiju is very interesting. Great design. It's more of an HP Lovecraft influence than a radiation-styl
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Pretty pictures do not a great comic make
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
So there's a few things going on here, and from reading the other reviews I'm feeling that not everybody's getting it. The artwork is amazing, which most people can agree on; there's this great juxtaposition with the incredible detail that Geoffrey Darrow puts in and the surreal subject matter and big picture stuff, which kinda leaves you in either a dissociative state or leads you into willing suspension of disbelief, or, in fact, belief.

The main issue people seem to have with this is the writi
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
An experiment goes wrong and an unstoppable force is unleashed in the form of a giant orange iguana with fire breathing abilities and shape shifting powers. Rusty the Boy Robot to the rescue! Only the Japanese Boy Robot can't save the day - enter the American Big Guy! Action and fighting ensues, etc etc.

The cover might make the book seem like a kid's comic but I assure you it isn't. Geof Darrow's incredible artwork is extremely graphic, especially in the fight scenes. Frank Miller's script is a
Juho Pohjalainen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I used to watch the cartoon every Saturday morning as a kid. I think I got around to seeing every single episode... wondering why it ended so suddenly, and all that. Why are they doing re-runs? There's still one Ex Machina guy to hunt! I loved that shit.

The comic turned out to be great also. Surprisingly brutal, but maybe I should've expected that from Frank Miller. I'm glad to see him unleash his wackier side for once, at any rate.
Monkey Feyerabend
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting weird object this one.
An oversized Kaiju comics, which is first and foremost an artistic tour de force. Infinitesimal details compose the urban landscape of the story, every bit of the page vibrating with life and destruction. An over-stereotyped Tokyo, packed with pop references, shop signs and neon lights. (Can anybody draw neon tubes better than this man?) Bold view angles highlight the intensity of the fight against the monster. Geof Darrow puts an insane amount of work in t
Josephus FromPlacitas
This kind of ultra-detailed fantasy romp would be wonderful and fun and zoom bang pow, if only Frank Miller hadn't come out as an authentic fascist during the grim Bush years. (Side note: apparently only the Germans are the only ones to have figured this out, if Google's autofill results are to be believed: "frank miller faschismus." And, Jesus, if it's the Germans who are calling you fascist...)

Geoff Darrow's work, of course, is brain-breaking. It's completely unclear how a human being does wha
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Darrow's art is probably the only thing I liked about this. It saved how I look at the story totally, I even started to like it in the end, but the writing is really bad and boring and almost half of the time I wanted to put the book down and never read it again. Fortunately, as I said, the art saved it. ...more
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
this was the first "comic" book keith showed me at the strand. and, in my typical manipulative manner, during those tenuous days before keith had decided to let me get him naked, i professed eager interest in it and bought a copy.

i think the pictures were cool...
Michele Lee
In a modern (for the 90s) Tokyo, scientists, foolish with power, successfully recreate primordial ooze, only to discover it’s the perfect host body for an evil, Cthulhu-like (in mindset and motive at least) creature who breaks free and follows the trend of giant monsters rampaging on Tokyo. What’s worse, citizens discover after they’ve thrown everything at it from missiles and tanks to helicopters and super (prototype) boy robots, the creature isn’t just out to destroy humanity, it can infect th ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, humor, art, 1990s
I continue to adore Geof Darrow. Frank Miller aint bad neither, but the highlight of this is the art. So incredibly intricate and perfect! Our two titular heroes try and stop a monster which is invading Tokyo and trying to destroy the earth. Its sort of like the sleeping spirit of a dinosaur god, very much like a wrathful Old One in abilities and intent. The dialogue is actually pretty funny. Rusty and the Big Guy both speak like caricatures of children's superhero comic from the 50s. They are s ...more
J.G. Keely
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, comics
I'd heard good things about the series, and after finding out you can watch it free, online, I figured I'd check out the comic. Darrow's art is, as ever, delightful, impressive, grotesque, and a masterful show of draughtsmanship.

I was curious to see what Miller would do with a story that didn't revolve around murder and whores. It's alright, but nothing memorable, just a frame for running amok in the Japanese monster genre. Ellis does a better Atomic Monster send-up in Planetary, but this one's
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mines, comics
i used to like Frank Miller. then, i found out that it wasn't cool to like Frank Miller. & it was, in fact, cool to hate Frank Miller. since then, i love Frank Miller.

it's always been cool to love Geoff Darrow, & it probably always will be, because he is unarguably awesome. it's just too bad he spells his name wrong.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Frank Millar takes the idea of 'What if Astroboy and Gigantor fought Godzilla' gives it a bit of a twist and then gives it to the brilliant and bizarre Geoff Darrow to draw.

Fun and brilliant! Like a saturday morning cartoon on acid.
The story is basically one big fight and the art is amazing to look at.

Shame they never did more with this duo.

Peter Looles
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
"The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot" by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow

In Tokyo, an experiment goes wrong and a gigantic dinosaur-like monster is created. The Japanese government sends Rusty the boy robot to fight it, but he's unable to defeat it. When the situation seems hopeless, they ask for the help of (the American) Big Guy who does whatever he can to defeat the monster.
This was an alright comic. There were many things I didn't like about it, but there were also some things that I liked. Fra
After collaborating on the successful Hard Boiled, Frank Miller and Geof Darrow returned with The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. The plot: during an experiment gone wrong, Japanese scientists unleash a psychic monster dinosaur on the streets of Tokyo. The government sends its new robot weapon Rusty (looking a lot like Astro Boy) to ward off the threat. When Rusty fails, America is called on for use of its good-natured robo, Big Guy. Dinosaurs and robots: awesome, right?

Even though this book is
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I greatly admire Frank Miller's story telling and I have to say, this is my first experience with G. Darrow's artwork and it is impressive! However I feel a little let down. Please do not misunderstand, this is a fun story with an evil monster, robots and action, lots of action, but it ends just when it is getting really good. This felt like an introduction to a series that would have been a lot of fun, but alas, it was not to be.

So, how do you rate half a story? It is like watching the opening
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one had me shook.

I remembered Big Guy and Rusty from their Fox Kids show in the late 90's, so when I saw that they'd come from a comic, I wasted no time in reading said comic.

This is a short story, not a long runner like I'd imagined. It's also NOT a kids' story; it's a strange, bleak cyberpunk take on the Kaiju narrative that's been pumped full of cyberpunk steroids. The dialogue and narration are ripped right out of the dime-store pulp novels of old, but this is not bad. The artwork is
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was originally published in two, oversized "comics", with card-stock covers which is what I read these on.

The big "draw" (ahem) here is Darrow's art. The amount of detail and minutia he puts into each panel is simply astonishing. However, there's not much story here: man awakens/creates a giant monster and both Japan and the US send one of their "weapons" to fight it. The dialogue is straight-forward, over-the-top, superhero/anime. In other words, lots of exposition and nobody talks that wa
Maik Krüger
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned that this is a very old series going back to the 1950s. Rusty is an American version of Astro Boy, and The Big Guy is something like an Iron Man prototype. The story is written in a 50s-60s style of high pathos and high-octane NotGodzilla-wrecks-Tokyo action, but I keep wondering who it would appeal to.
Nevertheless, Miller's writing is solid and Geof Darrow artwork is best when drawing hyperdetailed large scale destruction and there's plenty of that.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm only giving two stars for Geoff Darrow's art. Frank Miller's writing is unfortunately so bad that I nearly quit reading several times. Miller mimics the narration/dialogue style of 1960's era comics (Think Jack Kirby or Stan Lee). But the book never feels like a good-natured homage, instead the tone is mocking and sneering. Why Miller would accept a project in a storytelling style that he so clearly hates is a mystery to me. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Miller/Darrow collaboration so far, but the art is great, and the dialogue is quite funny if read as a cynical take on superheroism. The stories collected here pretty much consist of the two title characters battling non-stop with kaiju, so they are not particularly deep but it’s still a fun book.
Matthew Sargent
The story isn't much to write home about. A monster attacks Tokyo, and the Big Guy and Rusty must stop it! But you don't come to this for the story. You come to this because it's a beautifully, absurdly-intricately, drawn fight between robots and monsters. ...more
Sep 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
i would give this 5 stars if the book didnt just forget about rusty until the end. i get making big guy the real hero, but rusty just kinda eats shit a few pages in and is just kinda dropped until the last page
Francis S. Poesy
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. The graphics are impressive but the story disjointed and the characters lack depth. The alliterative monster was also especially annoying.
Christopher Ryan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Big fun for the whole family. Yeah, the whole family. Read it years ago, and it still glows.
Shawn M.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
The horrible writing prevents me from ever reading this fantastically drawn Darrow masterpiece ever again. A shame really.
David Allison
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Ironic chauvinism is no great virtue on it's own terms but it meshes well with the high detail, low stress carnage Darrow provides on every page. ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story and beautiful artwork. I just love Big Guy and Rusty!
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Solid original work by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow. If anything, Darrow's work makes the book work way more than Miller does. The story is all right, pales in comparison to their other fantastic collaboration, "Hard Boiled." A team of scientists try to recreate the big bang to see the primordial life they can create, and it turns out to be some kind of giant yellow Godzilla monster that represents all evil. Godzilla storms through Japan, turning people into pink goo and mini-monsters. Robots ma ...more
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